‘GoI exploiting JK like East India Company’
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Monday said the Government of India (GoI), by “exploiting” the political, economic and cultural values of Jammu and Kashmir, is making “vile attempts” to turn the state as its colony like the East India Company.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, according to a statement issued here, met at Hyderpora here and discussed in detail various critical issues related to the resistance movement of Kashmir.
The JRL said that tinkering with the hereditary law, changing the Muslim majority character of the state, eliminating the state subject laws, privatisation of power projects, construction of military basements at Gulmarg and other tourist destinations, are on the anvil of GoI “to turn Jammu and Kashmir as a mere colony of India”.
Elaborating, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik in a statement said, “850 MW Rattle Power Project is being shared with some undisclosed public sector undertaking of GoI. It will be (further) loot and plunder of our resources which only and only belongs to the permanent residents of J&K.”
“NHPC is already holding illegal and unconstitutional control over 8 power projects viz Salal, Uri I, Dul Hasti, Sewa II, Uri II, Nimo Bazgo, Chutuk and Kishen Ganga. Another three projects viz Pakal Dul, Kiru and Kawar with cumulative capacity of 2120 MW are being shared with them under the garb of joint venture Chenab Valley Power Projects Ltd (CVPP). 1000 MW Burser has been given to NHPC in the year 2000 on which though they have not started any work but remains with them. Speculations are rife that J&K government is mulling to share 1850 MW Sawlakote with some Himachal PSU.”
“We cannot remain as mere spectators to the loot and plunder of these resources going on unabated,” the leadership said and pledged to fight these “nefarious designs” of New Delhi tooth and nail.
The JRL warned the GoI to “desist from such nefarious designs to ruin our economy, render lakhs of employees unemployed and widespread destruction of our environment”.
The leaders appealed people to observe a complete election boycott as an “important political antidote for Indian aggression to implement the foresaid ill designs by using these elections as a political tool”.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said it is “highly imperative” to launch a people’s uprising against the “brazen (sale) of our economic assets, environmental beauty, and demography at the hands of Indian imperialism in the shape of East India Company of modern times”.
Meanwhile, the meeting, according to statement, expressed anguish over the “vulnerability of a small-scale business community of Kashmir working in Manali, Himachal (Pradesh), Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other states of India to the communal frenzy of the ruling class in India”.
The JRL also condemned the “brutal attack” on a young businessman and intimidation of others, terming it as a grave cause of concern. “If necessary measures of protecting their lives are not (taken) immediately, it might have consequences,” the leadership warned.